Regional Telecommunications Project improving mobile phone coverage
Nabawa, Naraling, South Yuna and East Yuna are latest locations to benefit
The Mid-West communities of Nabawa, Naraling, South Yuna and East Yuna are the latest locations to benefit from new telecommunications infrastructure, thanks to the Liberal National Government's $105 million investment through Royalties for Regions.
Commerce Minister Michael Mischin said the four new towers would expand mobile telephone coverage and high-speed wireless broadband connectivity along Chapman Valley Road and into the communities.
"The Shire of Chapman Valley in the Mid-West is a renowned telecommunications black spot and these towers will provide improved coverage for people in the region," Mr Mischin said.
"Nabawa is home to a St John Ambulance and Fire and Emergency Services sub centre that services the region. This new tower will improve communications between the public and the relevant response teams in the event of an emergency, particularly along Chapman Valley Road, which is the major thoroughfare between the four communities.
"The new connectivity will also make it easier for families to keep in touch and ensure motorists feel safer and better equipped."
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said it was vital mobile voice and data services were expanded in the regions to improve Government service delivery, and support the growth and prosperity of regional businesses and communities.
"The State Government's investment in mobile telecommunications infrastructure is helping to bridge the digital divide for people living and working in our regional areas," Mr Redman said.
"Research has shown that people living in the regions are more willing to embrace and seek new technologies, and this infrastructure enables them to do so. It is great to see Royalties for Regions initiatives such as this, contribute to a better quality of life and a brighter future for everyone in our regions."
The planned rollout of new phone towers across regional Western Australia is the result of a partnership between the State and Australian Governments, and industry.
The State Government's significant investment in regional telecommunications since 2012 is leading to the development of 344 new mobile phone towers in regional WA
Co-funding from the Australian Government's $160 million Mobile Black Spot Program and industry contributions will see the delivery of 208 new or upgraded towers in WA over the next three years
Commerce Minister's office - 6552 5600
Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700